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Reading of Ancient Documents

Whether you follow politics or not you have probably heard that today the Congress has decided to read the Constitution aloud.  The purpose, at least in theory, is to remind the Representatives of the founding documents, which govern our society.

I like politics so I’m naturally interested in this endeavor, but I’m even more interested in the idea of giving a new priority to Ancient Documents.  I think it would be wise for Christians to do the same.

In the Old Testament when God’s People were far removed from God’s ideal, it was when they found the book of the Law that changes began to be made.  When they read the law with a heart to follow it, great strides toward a renewed faithfulness was demonstrated.  When the people came back from the Exile it was Ezra who took the time to read, explain, and practice the Word of God.

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2 Thessalonians 2:1-12–Criterion for the Man of Sin

You can read the earlier posts in the series of 2 Thessalonians and the Initial thoughts on the Man of Sin stuff here. (In fact I ask that you do to understand the context).

As we work toward humbly identifying the Man of Sin, the Son of Perdition I think we need to start by acknowledging the characteristics that Paul states this figure will have.

1. He opposes God

2. Exalts Himself Above God

3. Sits as God in the temple of God

4. Show himself to be God

5. Works according to Satan’s Workings

6. Does signs, miracles, and lying wonders

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Plans to Prosper and Not to Harm

This post is written by one of our Contributors Clay Smith.

It is a verse that has been consistently abused. It is a verse that has been falsely used to say that God’s greatest joy in the world is to shower gifts upon mankind, both saved and unsaved. It is a verse that has been used by TV evangelists to steal money away from unsuspecting viewers. It is one of my favorite verses in the Bible.

Jeremiah 29:11 states, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV)

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2 Thessalonians 2:1-12–More Thoughts

You can read my preliminary thoughts on this section here.

We will eventually get to a discussion of my view of the man of sin (eventually as in the next post), but I felt that since we have nearly a two week break from our 2 Thessalonians study I wanted to make sure we are back in the right frame of mind.  Also I want to make sure that we do not get so preoccupied with who the man of sin is that we miss why this section is in 2 Thessalonians.

There are three ways that this section fits into the overall theme of 2 Thessalonians (for more on the theme of the book read here).

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The Opposite of Thanksgiving

Imagine the scene if you can. You have spent your time enduring the hardships of a slave.  In fact you have faced generational slavery that has gotten progressively more inhuman. Having to work under hard conditions with cruel taskmasters.  Being forced to kill your young.  Working without the necessary tools to do the job most effectively (even though they are available).

Everything about this existence is gloomy.  Then someone outside of you steps into eradicate your situation.  With a mighty hand he shows his power.  He makes it clear to your oppressors that releasing you was in their best interest.

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